All you dream of doing on land or lake you can do here. Daytime offers strolls on the malecon (boardwalk), hikes up the hillside, shopping for arts and crafts. One may dine in garden restaurants on cuisines prepared by talented chefs from all over the world. Nighttime also offers concerts and dancing. Annual events include indigenous artisans, balloon launches, chili cook-off, book fair, parades, etc. In the countryside are ancient ruins with an interactive modern museum. If you visit the beach you’ll likely like to linger a while. Your fun will be enough to make you want to extend your stay. Many do.
Guadalajara & Its Neighbors
Guadalajara—Mexico’s second biggest city—lies on the other side of the mountain ridge from Lake Chapala. Vacation aficionados like Travel & Leisure rate this nearby cosmopolitan city highly every year. Michelin ranks Guadalajaran restaurants on its world’s best list.
The citizens celebrate their version of Oktoberfest. It gets top marks for architecture, pedestrian malls, public art, and bike lanes, plus intriguing museums, theaters, and nightclubs. Mexico’s modern tech center, the city is also the birthplace of mariachi and rodeo-like horsemanship.
A neighborhood is boutique Tlaquepaque. A train ride away is the town of Tequila, the birthplace of the distilled beverage. Rock star Santana was born in another town outside Guadalajara.